A call for innovative social media research in the field of augmentative and alternative communication

Hemsley, Bronwyn, Balandin, Susan, Palmer, Stuart and Dann, Stephen 2017, A call for innovative social media research in the field of augmentative and alternative communication, Augmentative and alternative communication, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 14-22, doi: 10.1080/07434618.2016.1273386.

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Title A call for innovative social media research in the field of augmentative and alternative communication
Author(s) Hemsley, Bronwyn
Balandin, SusanORCID iD for Balandin, Susan orcid.org/0000-0003-4765-8232
Palmer, StuartORCID iD for Palmer, Stuart orcid.org/0000-0002-2517-0597
Dann, Stephen
Journal name Augmentative and alternative communication
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Start page 14
End page 22
Total pages 9
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 0743-4618
Keyword(s) AAC social media research
Social media data
Augmentative and alternative communication
Social network sites
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology
Home-based intervention
Twitter networks
Virtual worlds
Tweet content
Summary Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) social media research is relatively new, and is built on a foundation of research on use of the Internet and social media by people with communication disabilities. Although the field is expanding to include a range of people who use AAC, there are limitations and gaps in research that will need to be addressed in order to keep pace with the rapid evolution of social media connectivity in assistive communication technologies. In this paper, we consider the aims, scope, and methodologies of AAC social media research, with a focus on social network sites. Lack of detailed attention to specific social network sites and little use of social media data limits the extent to which findings can be confirmed. Increased use of social media data across a range of platforms, including Instagram and YouTube, would provide important insights into the lives of people who use AAC and the ways in which they and their supporters use social media. New directions for AAC social media research are presented in line with those discussed at the social media research symposium at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Toronto, Canada, on August 12, 2016.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07434618.2016.1273386
Field of Research 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl Speech Production and Comprehension)
080709 Social and Community Informatics
2001 Communication And Media Studies
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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